Former New York Knicks All-Star guard Mark Jackson was selected as the new coach of the Golden State Warriors, his first coaching job at any level.
Jackson, 46, who has been part of ABC’s broadcast team for the National Basketball Association Finals, played 17 seasons in the NBA for seven teams and ranks third in career assists with 10,334.
“He epitomized leadership as a player in this league,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said in an e-mailed release. “We think that characteristic -- and many other positive traits -- will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team.”
Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed by the team.
Jackson replaces Keith Smart, who wasn’t retained by the Warriors after going 36-46 in his one season leading the club.
“I’m really elated about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building the Warriors into a perennial contender,” Jackson said in the team release.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jackson played at St. John’s University with former Warriors General Manager Chris Mullin before being chosen as NBA Rookie of the Year in 1987-88 with the Knicks. He was an All-Star in 1988-89.
The Warriors, who have made the postseason once since 1994, were bought by Lacob and Peter Guber for a record $450 million in July 2010 from Chris Cohan.
On May 20, the team announced that Jerry West, who won seven championships as a player and front-office executive for the Los Angeles Lakers, had joined the Warriors as a board member.